"Oh man it's kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men.”

The New York Times announced Wednesday that it had hired a new editorial page technology writer, and she immediately came under fire for her old tweets criticizing white people. 

Sarah Jeong, 29, is a Korean-American lawyer and veteran technology journalist based in Portland, Oregon. She came to The Times from The Verge, where she is a senior writer, and has reported for The Atlantic, Vice’s Motherboard, The Washington Post, and The New York Times Magazine.

On Twitter, Reddit, and conservative websites, users shared ​archived tweets by Jeong in which she expresses scorn for white people, and particularly men. In some of the posts, Jeong directly insults white people, uses dehumanizing rhetoric about them, and hopes they will cease to exist. 

Many people accused Jeong of being racist. Some of her critics themselves made racist and sexist comments about her. 

One Twitter user aggregated a number of her anti-white tweets, which were posted between 2013 and 2015. 

Among the offending posts was language like: 

"Oh man it's kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men.”

“Are white people genetically predisposed to burn faster in the sun, thus logically only fit to live underground like groveling goblins.”

“Dumbass fucking white people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants.”


"White people have stopped breeding. You'll all go extinct soon. This was my plan all along."

"it must be so boring to be white"

"white men are bullshit"

"I just realized why I can't stand watching Breaking Bad or Battlestar Galactica. The premise of both is just 'white people being miserable'"

The resurfacing of Jeong's tweets came at a time of heightened divisions over race in America. Some, mostly on the left, have argued for ​increased attentiveness to the particular challenges facing ethnic minorities, while others, mostly on the right, have denounced such efforts as divisive, or asserted a corresponding ​white ​identity

In May 2014, when she was a student at Harvard Law School, Jeong denied being a "reverse racist" in a series of tweets. She said some of her best friends were white, she grew up in a "predominantly white country," attended a "predominantly white law school," major in philosophy, which she called "basically White People Studies," and listens to white ​music and reads white books.

Neither Norton nor The Times immediately responded to requests for comment about Jeong's tweets.

The Times' previous hire for the role of opinion writer on technology was scuttled by her racist tweets of another variety. After the newspaper announced Quinn Norton was coming on board, Twitter users ​resurfaced past tweets in which she used racist and anti-gay slurs and acknowledged being friends with neo-Nazis.

Norton tried to defend her posts as reportorial attempts to communicate with fringe online communities, but within hours, she had lost The Times job. 

The Times opinion page has also faced backlash, both from without and within, over the conservative writers that it recently added to its staff. Editor James Benet in February sent an email to staff defending his department and "the free exchange of ideas."

He wrote: "Whether you disagree with some of our many viewpoints or not — surely you will — please understand that your colleagues in Opinion are committed to ideals that matter, to fair play, tolerance, pluralism, the free exchange of ideas and intellectual challenge."